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by Wayfarer
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Whaaaaats Going On..?
Replies: 14
Views: 377

Re: Whaaaaats Going On..?

Here in Sydney, we're just entering our first heatwave of the year. We're expecting >45c in Sydney's west. Every year, the heatwaves get longer and hotter - last year was a record but this year might easily top it. Greenhouse effect, no doubt whatever in my mind.
by Wayfarer
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Whaaaaats Going On..?
Replies: 14
Views: 377

Re: Whaaaaats Going On..?

It’s probably because of Brexit.
by Wayfarer
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 43
Views: 146

Re: Buddhist Billionaire plans to change China

Malcolm wrote:Bannon is a fascist who actively promotes those who molest underage women.
And looses! :twothumbsup: :rolling:
by Wayfarer
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Buddhist Billionaire plans to change China
Replies: 6
Views: 663

Re: Buddhist Billionaire plans to change China

One of the comments at the bottom that column is 'Guo wants to be president himself''. I think it's quite possible that this is what he intends by 'regime change'. No doubt he is now classified as an enemy of the state, I imagine he has a price on his head.
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Need for Enlightenment
Replies: 9
Views: 188

Re: The Need for Enlightenment

Sorry for the rabbit trail. Hey no apologies needed! Glad to find a kindred spirit, and I find them very interesting readings. I am familiar with Hadot, although the only volume of his in my library is his Plotinus. I'm thinking of enrolling in this course next semester, IF I can bag a new contract...
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Need for Enlightenment
Replies: 9
Views: 188

Re: The Need for Enlightenment

Aha! Arabic for Plato! Never would have guessed that, if you hadn't mentioned it. Myself, I never had an education in 'the Classics'. I guess if I'd gone to a Catholic school, I would have had it beaten into me with a cane (they used to do that, when I went to school), and then I would simply have r...
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: i need a better zafu
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: i need a better zafu

Spoilt for choice! I picked a Bean Products one, which was good although a seam split after a couple of years. Mended it, going strong.
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Need for Enlightenment
Replies: 9
Views: 188

Re: The Need for Enlightenment

I’m an eclectic. For some reason, I am strongly drawn to Platonism. I feel like I might have lived somewhere along the Silk Road in some previous life, where these traditions met and mingled. That’s one of the reasons I’ve always liked Zen Catholics, like Ama Samy and the like.
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Need for Enlightenment
Replies: 9
Views: 188

The Need for Enlightenment

There are many debates about whether Buddhism is really a religion, or a philosophy; or perhaps that 'dharma' has a different meaning to 'religion' (which I think is true); and so on. Religion after all casts many shadows, even more so in the modern technological age. Then there are many who describ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 153
Views: 9465

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Buddhism is about meditation. It is not a religion, it only looks like one, but that is a mistake. That's why Buddhists in the West are called 'practitioners' because unless you meditate it is not even Buddhism. Hmmm. I have learned, it’s religious in the sense you ‘do it religiously’. I mean, it’s...
by Wayfarer
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Karmic accrual and Momentariness
Replies: 30
Views: 526

Re: Karmic accrual and Momentariness

When I did my only Goenka retreat 10 years ago, I was interested that one of the evening dhamma talks was on kalapas, which were said to be of momentary but definite duration - a minute duration to be sure, but a definite quantum was given in the talk. This was said by Goenka to exemplify the way in...
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".
Replies: 30
Views: 527

Re: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".

Would a Buddhist say, 'without Dharma, we are condemned to exist forever in samsara'? Which, while not the same, ain't that far off.
by Wayfarer
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?
Replies: 26
Views: 721

Re: Has the Heart Sutra Been Finally Proven as Chinese Apocrypha?

Jayarava plainly has a barrow to push, as he’s trying to make a name for himself as a kind of freelance Buddhist scholar. I have interacted with him on this forum in the past, and in my view while he is well-educated, he tends to favour a naturalistic philosophy with I think is out of sync with the ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Prince Harry Engaged to Meghan Markle
Replies: 16
Views: 465

Re: Prince Harry Engaged to Meghan Markle

That’s the actress who played the girl who had the knee trembler with Mike Ross in the stationary cabinet (in Suits. That’s what sprang to my mind when I worked out who she was, anyway.) But nowadays celebrity IS royalty. Money, power, adulation, all of the things that used to be attached to royalty...
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Karmic accrual and Momentariness
Replies: 30
Views: 526

Re: Karmic accrual and Momentariness

As this is in Academic Discussion forum, it is appropriate to mention a book which discusses this issue in a lot of detail: The Buddhist Unconscious: The Alaya-vijñana in the context of Indian Buddhist Thought, William S. Waldron http://a.co/gtWYYDJ Waldron has a few PDF’s available on his website w...
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What happened to Buddhanet.net
Replies: 21
Views: 569

Re: What happened to Buddhanet.net

Im in USA and can't get through. I'd talk to your ISP after seeking the simple solutions, e.g. clearing cache etc, I've checked consistently and not found it down. I just checked again and found that it is (still) down for me. Perhaps you could tell them there's a problem? I can't even do that beca...
by Wayfarer
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 263
Views: 5521

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

I think in Chinese Mahāyāna, for instance Fo Guang Shan, the head of the order, Master Hsin Yun, is to all intents the guru of the order (although the Indian term ‘guru’ is not used.) But in any case, he is the lineage holder and the principle author of the many books and other media published by th...
by Wayfarer
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 263
Views: 5521

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

Unless you mean someone explaining the contents, what difference is there between listening to somebody reading the words aloud, and just reading them for oneself? Isn’t instruction by the guru fundamental in Vajrayana? The guru embodies the dharma, and unless the student has a relationship with th...
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism only loosely connected with Buddha's teachings?
Replies: 34
Views: 909

Re: Tibetan Buddhism only loosely connected with Buddha's teachings?

The term ‘Lama-ism’ comes (at least in part) from Thomas Rhys-Davids, founder of the Pali Text Society. He, and then his wife who succeeded him after his death, both saw Theravada Buddhism as nearer to what they depicted as ‘the original teaching of the Buddha’. Their view was very much that Buddhis...
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Diets are dumb
Replies: 54
Views: 2015

Re: Diets are dumb

Me with my soup and salad. He with his pork chops with triple mashed potato and gravy, and steamed pudding with custard.... Hah! That’s funny. Actually I now see I have had a lot of dreadful eating habits. It hasn’t been that hard to knock them off. But the real middle-aged spread hit me ten years ...